In Global Fight Against HIV, China’s Circumcision Device Makes the Cut
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
China wants a bigger slice of the global health market and it has a new tactic for getting it: circumcision.
The World Health Organization announced Wednesday that it has approved the quality and production of a Chinese circumcision device to aid HIV prevention. The disposable device, called ShangRing and named after its inventor Shang Jianzhong, is made up of two concentric plastic rings that fit over a penis, clamping its foreskin so that it can be removed easily.
The device, which doesn’t require hospital surgical facilities, will be key in reducing HIV transmission, the WHO said in a statement. Trials in African countries such as Kenya, Uganda and South Africa have shown that male circumcision reduces the risk of infection in men by 60%, the WHO said.